After endless months of casting rumors and choices that included Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, Joaquin Phoenix, Ethan Hawke, and more, Marvel has found their Doctor Strange in Benedict Cumberbatch.
Slated for July 8, 2016, Cumberbatch will play Stephen Strange, a former neurosurgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme. Strange serves as the forefront of the magical and mystical forces in the Marvel Universe. You can read more on his powers below.
Doctor Strange is one of the most powerful sorcerers in existence. Like most sorcerers, he draws his power from three primary sources: the invocation of powerful mystic entities or objects, the manipulation of the universe’s ambient magical energy, and his own psychic resources. Strange’s magical repertoire includes energy projection and manipulation, matter transformation, animation of inanimate objects, teleportation, illusion-casting, mesmerism, thought projection, astral projection, dimensional travel, time travel and mental possession, to name a few. The full range of his abilities is unknown. Doctor Strange’s powers are sometimes less effective against strictly science-based opponents, although he can overcome this limitation with effort.
Doctor Strange will be directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Jon Spaihts.
For more on the character of Doctor Strange, check out Marvel’s Universe Wiki.